I've had my eye on a sun burst mirror for some time, but even 50% off at Hobby Lobby, they're still $100. So I decided to make my own.
Let me preface by saying, nothing I ever make comes out as good as it looks in my head. With that being said, I didn't take one "during" picture! But the "after" pictures are pretty awesome :).
8 - 1/8 inch diameter, 36 inch long wooden dowels
8 - 3/16 inch diameter, 36 inch long wooden dowels
8 - 1/4 inch diameter, 36 inch long wooden dowels
8 inch round mirror
2 - variety bags of mini mirrors (3 sizes in each)
3 - sticks of hot glue
This all cost under $20 - way less than the store price!
I spray painted the dowels first (I went with a warm yellow). Once they were dry, Mark cut them in half, all equal lengths.
Next I laid the mirror face down, and took 4 of the 1/4 inch dowels and made a cross, creating 4 sections and glued them. That left 11 dowels/section. I glued the remaining dowels at random lengths, spacing and order. That was a huge stretch for me ... I like patterns :). Make sure to hold the dowel down until the glue sets to prevent the dowel from drying at an angle. After all the dowels were glued, I put hot glue between all of the dowels to reinforce them (this is why I used so much glue!).
Once the glue was dry, I place the mini mirrors under the dowels randomly. I did it so that the larger mirror was on the 1/4 inch dowel, the medium mirror on the 3/16 inch and the smallest mirror on the 1/8 inch. I began gluing when they were all placed. I used a few heavier objects to keep the dowel down on the mirror while the glue dried.
I truly can't stop looking at it. It turned out way better than my head's creation!